WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Fighting The Flu
HORSEHEADS---(WENY) The flu season is in full swing and it's hitting the younger generation harder than ever. The number of states reporting hospitalizations has jumped from 25 to 35 in just one week, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 62% of flu related hospital stays have been in people aged 18 to 64.
As of last week, the CDC reported four pediatric flu related deaths and it hasn't even hit it's peak yet. The first line of defense of course, is the flu shot.
This year younger adults, the healthiest among us, seem to be getting hit particularly hard. In fact, the CDC sent out a tweet on their CDC Flu Twitter page saying, "Healthy People are less likely to get vaccinated, but so far are more likely to be hospitalized from flu this season."
The main culprit this year seems to be the H1N1 strand. The same strand that reportedly killed thousands in 2009.
To help keep the numbers of illnesses down, health officials are urging people to still get their shots, it's not too late.
Vito Diciolla, a Pharmacist at Gerould's Pharmacy in Horseheads says, "We have it in stock. Gerould's has run out once, and we've reordered it. We Have 20 doses left."
You can also wear surgical masks, use an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, and keep surfaces and door knobs disinfected to help prevent spreading the flu virus.
For more information about the flu virus, visit www.cdc.gov/flu